Wednesday 21 February 2018

Sex case against DSK is too vague, say lawyers

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi
Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi

Jennifer Peltz in New York

The hotel maid suing Dominique Strauss-Kahn (63) is invoking a law that's too ambiguous, his lawyers said in asking a judge to throw out part of her sexual assault claim.

The 12-year-old New York law is "impermissibly vague," lawyers for the former International Monetary Fund chief wrote in newly filed papers.

The filing marks Mr Strauss-Kahn's latest effort to fight the legal fallout from his May 2011 encounter with Nafissatou Diallo. She calls it a sexual attack. He terms it consensual.

Prosecutors dropped related criminal charges, but Ms Diallo is pursuing a civil action. One of her lawyers, Douglas Wigdor, said he was confident the challenge to the gender-based violence law would prove futile.

It's unclear how often such claims have been made under the law. No court has issued a decision interpreting it, according to lawyers for Mr Strauss-Kahn, pictured.

The law lets people sue if they have been injured by a violent crime "due, at least in part, to an animus based on the victim's gender".

It isn't clear what that means, Mr Strauss-Kahn's lawyers say.

Irish Independent

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